This brings up some interesting points.
I'd also add Missing Resources.
For example, our space program would have been immensely complicated by a lack of minable fissionables. Or if Coal or similar concentrated hydrocarbons never developed like they did on earth. No coal or easy oil could easily slow down the march of technology until something else destroys the civilization.
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To expand - Coal only came about because for a very long time, there was no organism - bacteria, fungi, etc, that could digest cellulose. So trees would simply not rot when they died. If some bacteria had co-evolved with trees so that trees could not build up that way, you would have no coal. Which, as any CIV player will tell you, is a key resource for Railroads, and therefore most of the industrial techs too. Oil was used well after the coal economy was established.